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Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, Barcelona

Bosch to make the cities of the future smart

  • San Leandro: smart streetlights save electricity
  • Tianjin: Bosch to make a Chinese seaport smart
  • Smart-city solutions for mobility, energy, buildings, safety, security, and e-governance

Stuttgart, Germany and Barcelona, Spain – Every 16 months, a city crosses the 10-million-inhabitant threshold, making it a megacity according to the UN definition. Of the 31 known megacities today, 24 are in emerging countries, and nearly all of them have developed in the last 35 years. This trend is set to continue. By 2050, more than six billion people worldwide will live in cities, and these cities will need to provide increasing levels of convenience, energy efficiency, safety, and security. New concepts for urban mobility and the sustainable use of resources will also be required. The evolution of a city into a smart city can help to meet the needs of megacities and urban spaces. At the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 in Barcelona (November 14-16), Bosch will present solutions and projects for intelligently connected cities designed to bring greater convenience, safety, security, and efficiency to peoples’ lives, while helping at the same time to save energy and operating costs. Bosch is now pressing ahead with beacon projects in 14 different major cities.

San Leandro: smart streetlights

In the city of San Leandro, near San Francisco, Bosch has installed smart street lighting. The company equipped some 5,000 streetlights with smart LED lighting and a remote management platform for the system. Thanks to this design, the lights only turn on when they are actually needed. As a result, Bosch has helped San Leandro save energy as well as money − up to 7 million euros over the next 15 years. With the help of Bosch sensors, it is also possible to measure and evaluate air quality in the city of around 100,000 people. Smart cameras monitor traffic and can independently divert drivers if there is congestion.

Tianjin: Bosch to make the Chinese city smart

In June 2017, Bosch signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Chinese seaport of Tianjin. China is planning to establish an international metropolitan region around the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei delta. With more than 15 million inhabitants, Tianjin is an industrial center and a key traffic hub for this zone. The goal shared by Bosch and city officials is to jointly carry out the “Smart Tianjin” initiative, which aims to convert Tianjin into a smart city. For this project, Bosch will draw on expertise it has gained from other smart-city projects already under way. They include urban projects in Singapore, San Francisco, Stuttgart, Berlin, and the Hamburg docks. With sensors, software, and services, Bosch is well positioned as an innovative IoT company to assist China on its journey into the age of smart cities. Bosch will tailor its solutions to the city’s needs. The pilot project will serve as a blueprint for further projects in China. In order to be closer to the client, the company plans to establish a local project office.

Bosch smart-city solutions for mobility, energy, buildings, safety, security, and e-governance

For smart cities, Bosch offers solutions in the areas of mobility, energy, buildings, safety, security, and e-governance – in other words, digital city administration. With regard to mobility, these solutions include environmental monitoring, connected parking, fleet management, e-mobility, and multimodal transport, which is the linking of different modes of transport. When it comes to energy, the range includes virtual power plants, energy-efficient heating, hot-water and air-conditioning systems, as well as energy storage units. The safety and security solutions encompass systems for fire protection, access control, and video surveillance. With smart-hospital solutions, Bosch relieves the burden on both hospital operators and staff when it comes to technical and administrative duties. For residential buildings, Bosch provides smart-home technology and connected household appliances.

Bosch will also be presenting smart-city solutions at the CES 2018 (January 9−12) in Las Vegas.

EXPERIENCE BOSCH AT CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The demand for safety, security, energy efficiency, and convenience in cities is growing. These are just a few of the challenges that are resulting from growing urbanization. The key to overcoming them is intelligent and connected – otherwise known as “smart” – cities. In many places, such cities are already a reality: Bosch has a multitude of solutions that are helping to make cities smarter and increase quality of life for their inhabitants. At CES 2018, Bosch is showcasing an expanded portfolio of “simply.connected.” solutions for everything from urban mobility and the connected working world to intelligent homes and buildings.

    Monday, January 8, 2018, 8:00–9:00 a.m. (local time) at Mandalay Bay Hotel, South Convention Center, Ballrooms BCD.
    Tuesday to Friday, January 9–12, 2018, in the Central Hall, booth #14028
  • FOLLOW the Bosch CES 2018 highlights on Twitter: #BoschCES
  • PANELS WITH BOSCH EXPERTS: More information to come – stay tuned!

About Bosch

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861–1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-four percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The remaining shares are held by Robert Bosch GmbH and by a corporation owned by the Bosch family. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.

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